Ezekiel Elliott’s contract situation could go downhill quickly.
In a series of tweets Monday, Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports reported the Cowboys running back hasn’t made a definitive decision regarding his training camp holdout but is “absolutely thinking it through and definitely wants an extension in the works.”
Robinson noted “a big part of this is whether the two sides are feeling good about the progress of talks” after the “lines of communication have been open with Zeke’s camp for more than a month” as Elliott also dealt with the aftermath of an incident at a music festival in Las Vegas earlier this year in which he was handcuffed but not arrested.
Per the report:
Bottom line: Zeke hasn’t settled on holding out (yet) and #Cowboys haven’t shut down extension talks (yet). But it’s going to be fluid this week. If Cowboys aren’t proactive about a deal, I think this could go sideways fast. It hasn’t yet. This will be an important week.
The clarification comes after ProFootballTalk reported Elliott “privately said that he will hold out of training camp” if he doesn’t receive a new deal.
However, Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones previously indicated the team won’t rush to sign Elliot.
“Well, I think those are all a work in progress,” Jones said in May. “Certainly we’ve got a couple years there with Zeke to get that done. We certainly want to get him done.
“He’s the straw, if you will, that stirs our drink. He’s a key part of what we’re about. Those things take time to get done. They don’t happen overnight. Certainly, he’s a priority in terms of ultimately getting him signed. There hasn’t really been a timetable put on this.”
Elliott, 23, has spent his entire career with the Cowboys after being selected fourth overall in the 2016 draft. He’s set to earn $3.9 million in 2019 and the team picked up the fifth-year option of his rookie contract last month, which will pay him $9.1 million for the 2020 season.
The All-Pro earned his second rushing title in three years after he racked up 1,434 yards and six touchdowns on a league-high 304 carries last season while adding 77 receptions for three scores and 567 yards.